Somalia says wanted senior al-Shabab leader killed-Xinhua

Somalia says wanted senior al-Shabab leader killed

Source: Xinhua| 2022-10-03 17:47:30|Editor: huaxia

MOGADISHU, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Somali government confirmed Monday that a top leader of the al-Shabab terror group was killed in a joint operation by the Somali National Army (SNA) and international partner forces.

The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism said Abdullahi Nadir who was one of the co-founders of the al-Shabab terror group, who had a 3 million U.S. dollar bounty on his head, was killed Saturday in Haramka village in the Middle Jubba region.

Nadir held various positions within al-Shabab which has engaged the Somali government in nearly daily terror attacks. The deceased was close to the former ringleader Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in 2014 as well as the current al-Shabab leader Ahmed Diriye.

The government said Nadir was in the position to succeed Diriye, the current al-Shabab leader.